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Ecosystem Ecology Group

800 532 Stroud Water Research Center

About the Group

The Ecosystem Ecology Group focuses on interactions among physical, chemical, and biological elements of riverine ecosystems that organize ecological behavior at local and regional scales. We are also interested in the effects of global change (land use, atmospheric deposition, emergent contaminants) on the structure and function of streams and rivers, and the need for more socio-ecological perspectives on conservation and restoration of running water ecosystems.

Ecosystem Ecology Staff

Photo of Stephanie Bernasconi hiking in the mountains

Stephanie Bernasconi

Research Technician, Part-Time Environmental Educator
Sara Damiano

Sara Damiano

Research Technician
Michael Gentile

Michael Gentile

Research Technician
Marc Peipoch, Ph.D.

Marc Peipoch, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist

Ecosystem Ecology News

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Draining the landscape: how do nitrogen concentrations in riparian groundwater and stream water change following milldam removal?
Lewis, E., S. Inamdar, A.J. Gold, K. Addy, T.L.E. Trammell, D. Merritts, M. Peipoch, P.M. Groffman, J. Hripto, M. Sherman, J. Kan, R. Walter, and E. Peck. 2021. Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences 126(8), e2021JG006444.
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Meet Our 2021 Summer Interns
Our summer internship program, now in its 49th year, has ushered through hundreds of interns seeking meaningful learning experiences.
A woman kneeling in a stream collects a rock scraping sample for microbial analysis.
We’ve Missed This! Stroud Center Resumes Fish Monitoring
It feels like a breath of fresh air for our research staff to resume our fish monitoring project in 37 streams of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
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Ghosts of landuse past: legacy effects of milldams for riparian nitrogen (N) processing and water quality functions
Inamdar, S., M. Peipoch, A. Gold, E. Lewis, J. Hripto, M. Sherman, K. Addy, D. Merritts, J. Kan, et al. 2021. Environmental Research Letters 16: 035016.
Photo of a farm with a large muddy area with cattle.
A Small Farm Offers Big Opportunities for Measuring Watershed Restoration Success
Stream restorations rarely get monitored rigorously enough to determine if the “patient” has fully recovered.
Spotlight on Stephanie Bernasconi
Spotlight on Stephanie Bernasconi
Bernasconi originally wanted to be a marine biologist but a semester on a sailing ship convinced her to stick to studying fresh water.
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